Singapore Expands Quarantine-Free Travel Program

The government of Singapore has announced new quarantine-free travel arrangements for vaccinated travelers.

From October 19, vaccinated travelers will be able to fly to Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States and return to Singapore without quarantine. From November 15, South Korea will be added to this Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme.

Additionally, travelers under the VTL scheme will only need two COVID-19 tests to enter Singapore, a decrease from the current requirement of 4 tests. Passengers will have to test 48-hours before departure and on arrival.


What to Expect
  • Travelers entering under the VTL scheme will have to take designated VTL flights.
  • Singapore residents will be able to travel to VTL areas and return without a Stay-Home Notice requirement.
  • Fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents will automatically be eligible for the VTL scheme without applying for the pass.
  • Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass to enter Singapore under the VTL scheme.
    • Applications will open from October 12 for travelers from Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States, and on November 8 for travelers from South Korea.
    • Short-term visitors who require a visa should separately obtain their visa after receiving entry approval.
  • To be eligible for the VTL scheme, travelers must be present in a country in the last 14 consecutive days prior to departure for Singapore.


Erickson Insights

The VTL was first piloted with travelers from Germany and Brunei. The success of that program has prompted the Singapore government to gradually expand international travel routes.

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